James Cameron quotes

Born
August 16, 1954, Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada.

Occupation
Director.

James CameronĀ is a Canadian director.

I always do makeup touch-ups myself, especially for blood, wounds, and dirt. It saves so much time.
– James Cameron
The magic doesn’t come from within the director’s mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
– James Cameron
I think people had somehow gotten the sense that we have explored everything, when that isn’t the case. We so know so little about the ocean, and so much of it is being destroyed.
– James Cameron
The films that influenced me were so disparate that there’s almost no pattern.
– James Cameron
Nature’s imagination is so boundless compared to our own meager human imagination.
– James Cameron
It took me a long time to realize that you have to have a bit of an interlanguage with actors. You have to give them something that they can act with.
– James Cameron
You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything.
– James Cameron
Every time you dive, you hope you’ll see something new – some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes it doesn’t.
– James Cameron
People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.
– James Cameron
Any direct experience that I have with indigenous peoples and their plights may feed into the nature of the story I choose to tell. In fact, it almost certainly will.
– James Cameron
I mean, you have to be able – you have to have made the commitment within yourself to do whatever it takes to get the job done and to try to inspire other people to do it, because obviously the first rule is you can’t do it by yourself.
– James Cameron
I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living.
– James Cameron
I certainly didn’t think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football.
– James Cameron
The film industry is about saying ‘no’ to people, and inherently you cannot take ‘no’ for an answer.
– James Cameron
I try to live with honor, even if it costs me millions of dollars and takes a long time. It’s very unusual in Hollywood. Few people are trustworthy – a handshake means nothing to them. They feel they’re required to keep an agreement with you only if you’re successful or they need you.
– James Cameron
I love short trips to New York; to me it is the finest three-day town on earth.
– James Cameron
I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it.
– James Cameron
I had pictured myself as a filmmaker but I had never pictured myself as a director if that makes any sense at all.
– James Cameron
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
– James Cameron
I watched a couple of really bad directors work, and I saw how they completely botched it up and missed the visual opportunities of the scene when we had put things in front of them as opportunities. Set pieces, props and so on.
– James Cameron
To convince people to back your idea, you’ve got to sell it to yourself and know when it’s the moment. Sometimes that means waiting. It’s like surfing. You don’t create energy, you just harvest energy already out there.
– James Cameron
I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.
– James Cameron
I had read tons of science fiction. I was fascinated by other worlds, other environments. For me, it was fantasy, but it was not fantasy in the sense of pure escapism.
– James Cameron
I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities. People don’t understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat. It can seriously harm you.
– James Cameron
Storytelling is storytelling. You still play by the same narrative rules. The technology is completely different. I don’t use one piece of technology that I used when I started directing.
– James Cameron
So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We’ll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world.
– James Cameron
If you wait until the right time to have a child you’ll die childless, and I think film making is very much the same thing. You just have to take the plunge and just start shooting something even if it’s bad.
– James Cameron
There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
– James Cameron
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
– James Cameron
I’m a storyteller; that’s what exploration really is all about. Going to places where others haven’t been and returning to tell a story they haven’t heard before.
– James Cameron
You have to not listen to the nay sayers because there will be many and often they’ll be much more qualified than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself.
– James Cameron
The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be.
– James Cameron
I don’t use film cameras. I don’t do visual effects the same way. We don’t use miniature models; it’s all CG now, creating worlds in CG. It’s a completely different toolset. But the rules of storytelling are the same.
– James Cameron
It’ll be all of our efforts together. It won’t won’t ever be exactly the way I imagined it. And that is, I think, an important lesson as well, is that in any group enterprise it’s going to be the sum total of the group.
– James Cameron